Mary and Martha…and grace?


Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village.
And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened
to his teaching.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving.
And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has
left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
41 But the Lord answered her,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,

42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion,
which will not be taken away from her.”

I believe Mary and Martha’s story gives us amble opportunity to learn a lesson or two about grace and knowledge.

As the story begins, we see Martha who is most gracious and kind to open her home to Jesus and is busy preparing Him a meal. Mary is there as well but she’s not in the kitchen; she is at the feet of Jesus, listening to His every word.

Now, we have two women who both love Jesus and both are excited to have their friend in this home. One is focused on serving Jesus. The other is at Jesus’ feet, listening to His every Word just as you and I spend time in our daily quiet time, in prayer and the Word.

We bow at His feet to commune and fellowship with the God of Grace who has called us into His eternal glory and allows us to have up close, personal, and intimate knowledge of Who he is and His marvelous ways, plans and purposes. We bow to worship, adore, and give our God all praise, honor and glory for only He is worthy as we listen for His voice! The presence of God strengthens us for the journey for He is our joy, hope, guide, and peace. He is the Lifter of our heads and the Keeper of our souls, in Him we find rest!

Now, today’s society isn’t much interested in bowing. Many have become like the Israelites, stiff-necked and proud, worshiping themselves, their possessions, and intellect (Acts 7:51).

In James 4:6 we find God’s perspective,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Walking and growing in the grace and knowledge of God calls for humility and requires the bow for God “gives grace to the humble.” This is truly worth pondering. After all, “The earth if the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him.” The fact that the world system rejects this truth does not make it any less true. Selah. James 4:7, “So humble yourselves before God.”

It is Mary’s humility, the bow of her total being (body, soul, and spirit) that places her in the position to hear and receive the grace of God’s Holy Word spoken and revealed. This will cause her to grow in greater grace, knowledge, and faith as she has encounter after encounter with her Creator, Abba Father, and the Author and Finisher of her faith. The very Sovereign of the Universe!

  • How does pride cause us to miss the grace of God?
  • Ponder on the James 4:6, God opposing or giving grace…is there a need to repent and bow?
  • Are you one who knows and understands that from God’s fullness, we have all received and continue to receive grace upon grace upon grace? If so, is there any better time to bow and give thanks?

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We will look at Martha on tomorrow.

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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